The last few weeks have been very chaotic as myself and Mr Wills have been moving home. The place we moved to needs a lot of work, not heavy duty building. But everything needs a good scrub and (more than a few) licks of paint! I’m feeling in a ‘nesting’ mood as I have in my life been inclined to be a little nomadic, so I’m very busy trying to source just the right pieces of furniture at the right price. This is William settling in on the new leather corner sofa, purchased from a private seller on Gumtree for just £250. Bargain!
So my apologies for the lack of posts during this busy time in my life. Luckily I haven’t hit a dry spell yet, even though I’ve only been comping for one or two hours a week since the move. I think my hard work and extra hours before is carrying me through! The biggest value prize since my last winspiration post was 2 tickets to the opera and a signed limited edition print worth £300. I also had one of those rare, but extremely welcome days, when the wins just keep coming. It was the week before my radio interview. Three wins from twitter: A £40 Voucher to spend at Giraffe, a beautiful bracelet from Beaverbrooks – also worth £40, and £50 in vouchers to spend in a local shopping centre…… and then on facebook: A breakfast in bed hamper, (muffins, jams, teas, coffee etc), from Bishops Move worth £30. So a very good day, wish all comping days were like that!
On Instagram the very next morning I had a fab win of a pair of GHDs worth £145. My other wins since the last post have been smaller items. But I’m still very happy this year, I’ve already reached over £2500 in prize value with over 9 months of comping left, woo hoo!
If you read my blog regularly you will know that experiences are prizes that especially appeal to me. I enjoy doing ‘different’ things, seeing new places, eating lovely food, and often being inspired. From a simple RT on twitter over the Christmas Advent period I won a Falconry experience for two at Coniston Hotel, in a very beautiful part of the world near Skipton. The prize was especially appealing as it included lunch to the value of £50.
I had no idea what to expect on the day, (except cold weather which didn’t let me down)! But I had the most fabulous time. I learned about the birds from a very experienced guide, and we got to handle an Owl, Harris Hawk…….. and a Golden Eagle. I think we were very lucky as this isn’t normally part of the day. There were a mixture of people on the experience, some who were thinking of taking up falconry, to others like myself who really just wanted to get closer to a bird of prey than normally allows. I have to say I was a bit nervous when the Eagle, (with a wing span of 6ft), swooped down at me. But afterwards I felt exhilarated.
If you do the experience please remember to wrap up warm. Standing out on a hillside for a few hours, in the English Countryside, in March, is freezing! But when the eagle landed it was soon forgotten, and then we headed off to spend our £50 on lunch. The hotel was superbly furnished with a splendid view in the dining room. We were led to a reserved table, and have to say the food and service could not be faulted. It was really a great day. And yes I did have a starter, main AND dessert!